I get so many questions about my new "wood" tile floors. Does it scratch? Will it warp if you get it wet? How is it laid? Is it grouted? The upside is it holds up just like tile so water is not an issue. Believe me when I say that's been tested out in my house! I'm sure it's possible to chip or scratch, but no more than any other tile. I just dropped a huge ice pack on it this morning when I was packing my son's lunch. My heart did stop for a few seconds until I saw that it was okay.
The porcelain is more expensive than the ceramic, but the dark color goes all the way through the tile. I have the ceramic because I loved the tile and it was on clearance at Lowe's. If price weren't an issue I would probably choose a porcelain because you can see the light edges of the tile in certain lights. Here is a good of example of it in this picture, but the edges really aren't this light in person.
The grain of the tile throws a lot of people off. I was worried myself that it was a film that could easily come off. I can't speak for all tile, but even after using a razor blade to peel off something waxy that was stuck to the floor, the surface was completely blemish free. One thing that I really like is that the surface isn't completely flat. It has a wavy surface to mimic wood. You can see the grain and the wavy surface in the picture of the entryway.
The installers laid the pattern to mimic a real wood floor. It can be laid in other patterns. One of my favorites is a herringbone pattern.
I would recommend to match the grout to the darkest color in the tile for a more realistic look. I've heard some people want to show off the tile by grouting in a lighter color.
It still looks nice, but I prefer the darker grout.
Overall, I'm absolutely thrilled with my floors. Everyone that comes in says they love my new wood floors. Ha ha! I love to see their face when I tell them it's really tile and then they have to touch it with their hand to see it's really tile. Most importantly, it is very durable. When I find a puddle of water on the floor that's probably been there for a while or the kids drag something across the floor I'm so thankful I chose wood tile.